Honda’s dual-sport adventure bike has a bit of an overhaul.The 2020 model year marks a shift from CRF1000L to CRF1100L, which indicates a revised bigger engine with slightly more power. The new bikes are also lighter and more technologically advanced than ever, with modern driver aids and smartphone connectivity.
The 998cc parallel-twin (unlike the original there’s no V-twin here, we’re afraid) has grown by 86cc thanks to an increase in stroke, now displacing 1084cc. It’s also been given new intake and exhaust systems, all working together to bring the power up from 94 to 100bhp. Torque is now rated at 77.4lb ft, and the overall weight figure has dropped.
The 2020 Africa Twin will be more advanced than before. A new 6.5-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) color touchscreen display is Apple CarPlay compatible, and cruise control is now standard on all models. New driving aids include wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control, DCT cornering detection, and cornering lights.
Although the bike itself has been improved, the lineup hierarchy remains the same. There are two types of Africa Twins available: the base Africa Twin or the more expensive Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES. The base Africa Twin is focused on off-roading and has a new shorter windscreen and five-gallon gas tank. The Adventure Sports ES is tailored for longer driving and has more premium features such as Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment suspension, tubeless wheels, heated grips, an accessory socket, a larger skid plate, an aluminum rear rack, and a 6.5-gallon tank.
The pricing range starts at $14,399 for a manual Africa Twin, rising to $17,999 for an Adventure Sports SE with the DCT ‘box in the US. Standard models are finished in Matte Black, while the Adventure Sports editions come in the classic white, blue and red colour scheme. Both will be available from March 2020.
Source : Autoblog